Photographer's Note

Life kept me busy elsewhere with one thing and another...But here I am back amongst you with pleasure as always.
I was delighted to see Beverley’s version of Trevi’s impressionism … Thank you for your dedication Bev !
Anyway, I have decided to post yet another fountain of which there are lots in Rome.

La “Fontana delle Tartarughe” is often considered as the cutest in Rome.
Built in the 1580’s, like all the “Renaissance Fountains”, it was designed to supply drinking water to the Roman population .
It was 1 of 18 new fountains built in Rome in the 16th century, following the restoration of a ruined 1st century aqueduct : The “Aqua Vergine” whose water came from the Alban Hills 9 miles north of Rome, was known for the purity of its water vs the rest of the city’s drinking water which came from the Tiber river.

It was designed by the architect, Giacomo della Porta and by the sculptor Taddeo Landini.
In the late 1650’s, Bernini or Andrea Sacchi added the bronze turtles which gave its name to the monument.

I find the monument itself beautiful, but it’s also situated in a pleasant colorful square “Piazza Mattei” like a jewel in a golden casket :-), just north of the "Isola Tiberina" which we were heading for when I took this photo.

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